General Chat Thread, Magpies in General; We've got loads in our garden. Anyone else noticed an increase in population?...
9th June 2014, 08:06 PM #1
We've got loads in our garden. Anyone else noticed an increase in population?
9th June 2014, 08:27 PM #2
Outnumbered hugely by the rapid expansion of wood pigeon numbers here. We have magpies about, but they don't come in the garden often. I think the wood pigeons are clinically obese. They don't fly anywhere if they don't have to
Finch numbers have increased too: goldfinch, chaffinch and greenfinch.
9th June 2014, 09:10 PM #3
I was lucky enough to see our goldfinches fledge a last week. First one, followed by another three. Podgy Pigeon did look earthbound until the neighbours' cat had a go at him. I think he owed his escape to a chattering magpie giving the game away. The pigeons and magpies seem quite tolerant of each other.
9th June 2014, 09:27 PM #4
Star of the spring for me has been the young Great Spotted Woodpecker. We have had adults visiting the feeders for years, but this is the first time I have seen a youngster in our garden.
10th June 2014, 06:11 AM #5
Since I made the feeders squirrel-proof, it has deterred the woodpeckers. In the past, we have had a Green woodpecker but they are mainly Great Spotted. I think they are responsible for killing a nice acacia tree my mother got us when we moved in. There was a juvenile magpie on the patio when I was getting breakfast this morning.
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